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  1. Don't go expecting this one to be completed soon, I'm not expecting it to get started in earnest until early 2022 but with the British weather I figure I need to get this painted before it gets cold (and wetter). This one is the Aoshima kit which was rereleased a couple of years ago - I'm doing the rubber bumper variety as that's what was on the roads when I was a kit. The fad of returning them to chrome didn't start until I was much older. That is an option with this kit, as has been said many times it come with the chrome and rubber bumper parts, but I'm sticking with the unfashionable rubber bumper version. One thing I'm not sticking with though is the triple wiper setup the kit comes with - to me that just looks wrong. So I did a bit of googling and eventually found out where the holes should be for the two-wiper version. The good news is that the driver's side wiper doesn't move from where the kit has it so only had to drill a hole for the passenger side. And as the wiper holes are symmetrical, I could have used the kit to get the location but instead I did it the hard way by finding a drawing of where the hole should be in the real thing and scaling it down. If anyone is wondering, that dimension is 11mm (just under to be precise, but 11mm is close enough) and it just needs to sit the same distance from the windscreen as the other wipers. The hole for the middle wiper needed drilling out anyway, so all I had to do was fill the hole for the passenger wiper. With that filled, I gave it a coat of grey primer to identify any sink marks, mould lines etc. And the good news is that there are very few. I'm not sure how Aoshima did it, but the only mould-lines I could identify are on the front and rear valances and (annoyingly) within the headlight recesses. I did wonder if they'd followed the chome belt line, but if they did I can't see it even in primer. The photo should make it obvious where I sanded it down - there's very shallow sink marks on the passenger doors which is why they got a smear of filler. And the filled wiper hole sunk so has had a second fill, but I'm hoping that will sand smooth next weekend. And that's as far as I've got at the moment, unless you count a coat of primer on the chassis and the wheels. Expect somewhat slow and erratic progress on this until I get the Jag finished. Thanks for looking.
  2. Hi all, great to be part of a BM groupbuild again after almost a year. This time it's an ambitious punt - going to bring the Airfix 1/24 behemoth with an Aerocraft conversion set for an NF II based at Drem in 1945. It's KD127 which is quite well documented and beautifully built in smaller scale by @tonyot here: Luckily the aircraft was a brand new example and so my weathering skills (or lack thereof) will not be challenged! This will be an OOB build apart from the ignition cables and HF radio wire (there, I've said it now, so inevitably it'll end up with tons of added detail ) Will be starting this on Monday, hope everyone enjoys their Hellcat building Alan
  3. Hi folks, This is my first dinosaur since I was little, I think, when I have fuzzy memories of painting Airfix dinosaurs with enamels? I picked up the Lindberg "spitter" Dilophosaurus on a trip a couple of weeks ago at a bargain price and built it pretty much straight away. It's a simple kit with nice surface details. The seams close up pretty well and most of the construction work is in restoring or sculpting lost detail across the seams and where the mould horizons mean a lack of relief. I painted it with Tamiya rattle cans decanted and airbrushed - the main colours are Medium Blue and Dark Earth from the AS range (I think?) and Chrome Oxide Yellow from the TS range. After airbrushing a basic pattern I did a lot of work with a paintbrush to refine it, both sharpening and breaking up the colour transitions. Lots of drybrushing, washes and glazes of acrylics helped define and tone the skin, and I sprayed some thin blotchy filters with Smoke, Clear Green and Clear Red before varnishing. While I did pick out some scales individually on the body, I mostly left that kind of fiddly work for the face which was more-or-less entirely repainted by brush over the airbrushed base. I made a base by sanding a slight profile into the upturned base of a fancy hipster table salt bowl and building a little relief on the top with scraps of torn up foamcard before adding stones, dried twigs and textured putty to create damp ground. Again I painted this up with acrylics and applied "moss" putty mixed from Woodland Scenics ground foam plus various kinds of foliage (Silflor, Heki, Kamizukuri) fixed with matt medium. The dino itself is pinned in place with scraps of 1/16" brass rod as I thought that paperclips weren't substantial enough at this scale. I had a scare when the tail seam cracked open on one side (not sure why) but the join was so exact that it vanished when closed up with thin CA and varnished Overall a fun little project and not bad at under two weeks from shop shelf to my cabinet shelf! Thanks for the various suggestions on the WIP thread and sorry I chickened out (ha!) from adding feathers. Cheers, Will
  4. Guess I'd better declare mine here - seems that there's quite a few of these about so I'll leave out the box contents, but just to be clear this is the kit in question. Because I tend to build at a pace similar to a snail on spice this will be done straight out of the box. And as my first car build on returning to the hobby was the 2006 version, I absolutely have to build it in black with gold stripes to resemble it's cousin from four years ago (looking at the picture now I realise how much neater my more recent builds are under the camera!): But first, a small confession. Although I haven't started building anything yet, I have got some paint on the body as I tend to leave a couple of weeks between coats and could see that holding me up. It's just had the colour coat (pics at some stage over the weekend) so still decalling and clear coats to go. Hope that is ok as there is well under 25% of work done to date, but it's not a completely fresh build from 10th July.
  5. Long, long ago, well 1974, I bought the 1/24 Airfix Harrier kit when it appeared, Inspired by a conversion article by Alan Hall and Mike Keep, "Updating the Harrier" on pages 118 to 123 of a magazine I no longer seem to have, I started work. As with may kits I purchased when at Brunel my modelling went into hibernation when i started work in 1975 and then found a wife in 1977...and bought a house...then Airfix in 1997 issued big Harrier as the GR3. My conversion continued its hibernation. Time passed and I thought that it would be a good project to finish, so earlier this year I painted the body and started the last stages, painting and final assembly. I acquired a sent of the Airfix decal sheet for the GR3 I'm going to finish it as one from 56 Squadron with the multi coloured fin from 4 Squadron, RAF Gutersloh. Why? Because in 1968 I went, with Esher ATC, to RAF Camp at Gutersloh, Germany. Long story, here it is, the fin ready in black. It still needs some additional painting. I used vintage Humbrol paints HX1 and HX2 from the NATO paint range. They are slightly glossy and cover well, using a brush. Getting the overall camouflage pattern to join up was "interesting" ! The next stage is to spray with gloss acrylic, then apply decals, and finally attach the underwing stuff, outrigger legs and so on. I'm building this in parallel with the Hurricane and Typhoon, previously mentioned.
  6. Some time ago I decided to build Revell's VW 1500 in 1/24 scale. The nostalgic Beetle (the Finnish nickname is " the Bubble") is for me one of the most important cars I have experienced. It was the first car my dad owned, a light green 1959 Beetle in which we used to travel across Finland and the Nordic countries. At the age of eighteen I did my driving school and passed the driving exam in a Beetle. For many years thereafter I used to borrow the new Beetle of my dad. The Revell kit was of very good quality and easy to build. It contained a lot of details, the fit was excellent, the decals were good and all in all the kit was a pleasure to build. I chose to paint the bodywork of the car with Tamiya light blue spray, TS-23. In my opinion that colour suited the Beetle very well and looked quite authentic to my eyes. For the smaller details and the parts inside I used Humbrol enamels and Vallejo acrylics.
  7. Normally when I put up a WIP thread I start with a fully painted body because I actually started the car yonks before. This year, I decided to go through the body as it's done. And with warm weather last weekend I was able to get an quick layer of primer on this one, not to mention priming the chassis. The kit is Hasegawa's Jaguar XJS which was done a couple of years ago to an extremely high standard by Matt Bacon. I hope I can even halfway to that, although I don't feel I can face wiring up that V12. Initial impression of the kit is that it looks very detailed and hopefully high quality, although not without its flaws. And those flaws seem to be mainly in the manfacure - for example I can see flash on the chrome grille and the body has needed a bit of work. This is how it started (apart from a little bit of sanding before I thought to take the picture). Mould lines are quite pronounced, and I have no idea whose idea it was to run them down the crease between the rear wing and the flying buttresses - almost the perfect place to make them difficult to sand off. It also looks as though this is a kit which at some point in its life was the touring car version with various holes plugged up - the ones in the scuttle and boot are especially obvious. So after a quick sand of the worst seam lines I gave it a coat of white primer to help with identifying the areas which needed work, then filled the low parts, wiped the filler with a piece of card so it was lower, then left it for a week. Over the weekend I set about, scribing, filling where the tool slipped, sanding back, removing the seams and high points and ended up with this: Quite a scabby looking body, but I think I have it pretty much sorted. Ready for priming now anyway. And that leads me onto my first question... As the first picture shows, for some reason Hasegawa have chosen to mould it in a dark red. And going over it with that white primer has confirmed my suspicions that this is a colour which is going to bleed through if I don't stop it. Given that I'm not doing this as a red car, my question is "I've heard that silver paint can stop bleed though. Is this correct? And if so would a light metallic gray do the same job?" It'll be a long time before this gets finished (there's an SSR taking priority at the moment, and midway through I expect I'll be stopping the build for the Mustang Group Build), but with warmer weather I hope I can get some progress painting it for now. Apologies if this post looks as though I'm not impressed by the kit - I am but the body moulding is the most disappointing part of it so I can (hopefully) get the bad news out of the way at the start. Thanks for looking,
  8. This is my model of the Fiat 500F (aka FIAT Bambino). I built the cute looking Cinquecento from a 25 years old but excellent Tamiya 1/24 scale kit. The body was painted with Tamiya rattle-can yellow TS-16. I also used Vallejo acrylics and Humbrol enamels to smaller details. The Fiat 500F was a very popular small city car. It had an air cooled, two cylinder 13 hp engine giving a top speed of 85 kmh. Its length was only 3 metres. Some 3,6 million 500F's were built between 1957-1975.
  9. Here is my Bf109E - Northern France 1941. Pretty happy with the result although with the benefit of hindsight I could have rescribed the panel lines and got the fuselage join tidier. The poor fitting engine cowlings also drove me mad so I just glued and filled in the end... It's my third build since a very lengthy hobby gap - it's a 1:72 Phantom II next. Cheers Sean
  10. Being a London fan I just couldn’t resist the 1/24 scale Revell kit of the London double decker or AEC Routemaster. The model depicts the longer RML type of the bus with an additional small window in the centre of the bus. That increased the capacity of the bus by eight seats. This kit is perhaps the biggest construction project I've so far embarked upon. The fit of the parts and decals were very good but it took a suprisingly long time to finish the double decker due to the big number of parts and the multiple sub-assemblies inside the bus (the chassis, the engine, the bodywork, the driver's compartment, the the lower floor, the stairs, the upper floor, the multiple seats, the windows, etc). In the assembly I only had to follow the good old elephant eating technique or "bite by bite" I painted the red parts of the bus with Tamiya Italian red TS-8 and used Humbrol and Vallejo colours for the other parts. To the last picture I added the 1/24 scale Revell London taxi but I must honestly say that the quality of that kit was quite poor. In addition, according to some comments on the net the size of the model is actually 1/22! Anyway, that picture shows the two most famous vehicles of my favourite city.
  11. To run alongside the Miniart tram build (and give me a break from the intensity) I’ve started this 1955 Paris police car (99 parts compared to 810 in the tram) Ive made a start with the engine So far I’ve added a few additional details to the kit offering - it’s almost ready for some paint before adding the final kit parts and a bit more detailing ive also made a start on the bodywork by cleaning the shell up and rectifying the the glaring error with the rear window (way to small on the kit for the police version) Think I’ll finish the engine then back to the tram for a bit
  12. I am on a bit of a 1/24 trip at the moment, but this one is out of my comfort zone because it's made of plastic! So I'm prepared for things being a bit clunky and soft, but I have MANY resin delights in the stash, so we'll see how long it takes before I'm missing the smell of polyester. Anyway I had wanted to do an R10 for a while, and though Le Mans Miniatures does a really beauty in resin, it doesn't have an engine and I kind of wanted to have that option. The Revell kit hasn't been out that long, and in fact is due a reissue sometime, but for now these kits are going for daft money. Luckily enough, I followed a few on TheBay and spotted one in France which looked like it had been started and maybe missing a few bits. So it cost £20-ish but seems to be complete and with only the parts cut off the sprues and nothing glued or painted. Result. Here is the box and the bits: So it's more 'Tamiya' than 'MFH', but I think it will build OK. The decals look like Cartograf and include some nice CFRP elements too. The car is a 2006 Le Mans car, which is a fairly plain scheme (all photos mine unless stated): The 2007/2008 scheme is better - this is the Le Mans winner: The plan is to do an ALMS car however, and thankfully the Studio 27 decal sheet is still available: But the Studio 27 sheet gives you the impression that you just add decals to the Revell Le Mans car to make an ALMS version. Sadly it's not so. The ALMS cars featured dive planes and prominent wheel arch louvres (photo below via Audi Sport), so they will need to be included in the build. There is a resin conversion set out there, but it's long OOP and one store in Singapore still shows it in stock despite them confirming they have none! Anyway, those bits will need to be made (circled below) More in a bit. I think I'll be doing Tom Kristensen's 2007 Sebring car, because it's TK's car after all!
  13. Hi everyone I just wanted to share my thoughts and progress using the Cricut Explorer Air 2. I received my Cricut last Wednesday, my wife brought it for me for my 50th birthday (thank you Leanne). Now I'm a bit of a luddite when it comes to technology and I'm incredibly lazy I just want things to work with out any messing around but to my surprise the Cricut is very easy to use and I think the masks that you can make are as good as any commercially produced items. I started by looking for any additional software that you might need to use for designing and producing masks, the Cricut software is ok but almost every user I could find recommended using Adobe illustrator so I duly subscribed to Adobe (£19 pcm) down loaded the software and had a play. I started by producing a series of RAF roundels circa 1939 - 45, I found several references online that gave the size of each roundel type in inches so I found an online conversion tool and converted these measurement's to cm and drew them in illustrator to 1/48 scale. I then sent the image to the Cricut software and cut my first mask a Type A.1 roundel in 1/48 scale. I used some white vinyl which has proved to be very hard to remove because its too tacky and it lifted the paint. I had another go, this time creating a mask for a 56 in, 28 in, 21 in upper wing roundel again in 1/48 and sprayed that (see both roundels below) Not too bad I think I could be onto something here? I then decided to create some templates for RAF fonts circa 1939 - 45 again a search of the internet threw up some examples so using these a place to start I produced my own set of fonts again in illustrator.. ..for my next test I scaled my drawings to 1/32 and created some more masks this time using Frisk film as the masking medium and this time sprayed my 1/32 Fly Hurricane paint mule again applying a Type A.1 fuselage roundel and code letters.. I think with a little more practice the Cricut will prove its worth enabling me to produce any set of codes, markings, camouflage, wheel and canopy masks. I think the Cricut is a great bit of kit, not cheap (my wife paid £260 for mine) but I'm the kind of person that will spend a small fortune on after market masks so I think that for my it will cost effective in the long run plus its quite enjoyable researching and making the masking templates. Cheers all Iain
  14. Hi All, I don't seem to to have created a thread for this one, so I decided to do it now: This is the exquisite Tamiya Ford GT model: So far, I have assembled the main parts of the body, and this is where I have got so far: I have to share my work-space with various stored items not immediately needed... The fit of the body was superb, with join lines matching the panel lines on the real thing as far as I can tell. I have done more than this, but I have no photos yet. Thanks for looking. Cheers, Alan.
  15. Hi All, I have had this one on the back-burner for a long time. I thought that I had already started a thread on this, but it appears that I hadn't... I have had this kit for a very long time. The engine and transmission were already made and I didn't take any pictures. I chose to paint it yellow, thus: Here is the body, floor and bonnet (hood) clear coated as well. I used Zero Paints yellow (Similar to X-8 according to the bottle). I use ZP 1K clear coat diluted further with Mr Color Levelling thinners. Takes more coats, but I get a very good finish. The bonnet suffered a disaster that nearly ended up me chucking the think in the bin,,, I had just laid down the final 'wet' coat on the bonnet and was moving it to a better place to cure, when the bugger decided to drop itself onto the floor. However, in my panic to stop this =, I grabbed the part hoping to catch it before disaster struck, planting my thumb on the newly sprayed clear coat! After much cussing and ranting, I waited until the coat was set and sanded back the coat to get a smooth finish. I re-primed the damaged bit, re-painted that re-primed bit and re-clear coated it. It's not perfect, but it doesn't show too much, except under a magnifying glass. It's not show=good, but good enough. Front suspension. engine installed. From underneath,,, As is usual for Tamiya Kits, the fit is extremely good and generally simple. Transmission and rear suspension fitted. Again, a simple installation. From the side. A bit blown out... That's where it currently stands, more to come. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  16. I was browsing the New Arrivals section of the Big H a couple of years back when I stumbled over an unusual set of figures from Master Box. There were four sets in the original group, now there's 6. They stood out because they had a very Farscape feel and I used to love that show. There's a description of the character on the back of their box and an overview of the whole story on the back of the instructions. I bookmarked them but never bought any as they were never that high a priority. A while later four of the sets turned up on Creative Models site in their 'Damaged Box' section. The original price for the single figures was £10.99 but Creative were knocking out the ones with damaged boxes at around 40% off which made them just over £6 a pop so I snapped up one of each. I'm going to try and do two of them here. Ultimatelty all six boxings are meant to combine into a vignette but since the combned cost of these two is over £10, I'll split them them a do a thread each to keep within the spirit of the GB. In the meantime, here is the first mildly battered box. Jaqueline is the main protaganist of the story - it was something she stole that got the Space Marines Corp involved: The parts, Jacqueline comes with her own bar stool and table. A look with my optivisor suggests there's some lovely detail, just hope I can do it justice: The instructions/painting guide. There's a list of suggested Vallejo paints on the back of each box that the codes refer to You probably can't see it in these pics, but part A3 has a neat bow moulded in, and since her hair it hangs over her shoulder, it will have to painted as a black velvet band Andy
  17. This is my model of the legendary gull wing Mercedes-Benz 300SL from the 1950's. I built the beauty a couple of months ago from an excellent Tamiya 1/24 scale kit. It's probably the best kit I have ever encountered during my 30 years of serious fine scale modelling. The fit of the parts was excellent and the detailling excellent. I can fully recommend the kit to any colleague interested in this legendary sports car.
  18. This is my model of the iconic Austin Mini Cooper S. The Tamiya 1/24 scale kit is truly an oldie and has long ago been discontinued. Inside the kit there was the marking 1983. I was able to order mine on the net. The quality and the fit of the parts was good but not of the current Tamiya level. To emphasize the British origin of the car I asked my friend to print the Union Jack decal for the roof. I sprayed the red areas with Tamiya TS-8 Italian red. Inside the car I painted the seats and other parts with Humbrol and Vallejo colours and the floor was covered with dark red flock. The widow frames and other chrome coloured areas I modelled from Bare-Metal foil. In the engine compartment I added some wiring to make it look a bit busier. One snafu, of course happened during the construction. There was a nice metal transfer of the brand "Austin Cooper S" to be attached to the trunk. Well, in about forty years the glue had weakened so much that the letters didn't stick to the surface. When trying to detach the transfers from the tape I managed to ruin the "Austin". As I was to succeed with the 1 mm sized "S" it suddenly skyrocketed to outer space and was sucked in to the black hole of lost parts. So the Cooper one was the only transfer that I managed to get out and it sits now on the trunk. It's not correct but what can you do!
  19. These were kits that I didn't realise existed this time last year. They are also the first kits I have started and finished this year, less than four weeks from first post to final photos. Over the summer I was quite excited when I found the Abarth kit on eBay from a European seller at quite a reasonable price. As an aside it seems European sellers are quite often cheaper than British ones, sometimes enough to cancel out the more expensive postage costs. It wasn't until December or January that I saw a standard 500 kit come up on eBay (with a slightly silly buy-it-now price and I think it's still for sale with no price drop). The 500 kit I bought was a bit cheaper but did have a lot of parts off the sprues and although it was a bit of a gamble the seller was correct that it was complete. Building the two kits together helped provide a useful reference as many of the parts are identical so I could find the 500 part by comparing it to the equivalent from the Abarth kit. I've been fond of Fiat 500s ever since I knew what one was, my first car was the 500's boxy replacement, a Fiat 126 which was a lot of fun even if not as cute as the older model. Small Fiats also conjure up memories of holidays to Rome, where there are plenty of 500s in daily use in various states of repair. Anyway, I'm sure you want some pretty pictures. The body is Fiat Capri Blue, from a Halfords aerosol. I'm not sure if it's authentic for a 500, but it's a nice shade although it looks a bit lighter in photos. I wanted a dark blue to set of the bits of chrome and to contrast/compliment the red interior. Interior is Ford Rosso Red and Halfords Appliance White where it isn't body colour. I'm so glad I took the trouble to pick out the white piping on the seats. I was a little surprised to see that this was a feature on the 500. Engine bay. There isn't much in here but I've enhanced it with plug wires, pipes for the fuel lines and wire clips for the air cleaner. Underside, I added a little rust wash on the suspension and exhaust, more to tone down the colours than to make them look actually rusty. And on to the Abarth Body colour for this is Ford Dove Grey, again from Halfords spray can. I'm not sure if it's right although it looks quite close to the FIAT Abarth script on the decals. The instructions just suggested "light grey" without specifying a Tamiya product to reproduce the correct colour. With some kits Tamiya will either list a colour from its range or tell you which paint to mix in the correct proportions to get the "right" shade. The flared wheel arches glue to the standard 500 shell and are the most difficult part of the build. It took a bit of light filling to get them neatly fitted. I also wonder if I should have cut away the standard arches a bit underneath as the tyres barely have room to steer. The body side decals are a bit of a nightmare, they are in two parts, split at the trailing edge of the door, but really need to be in three pieces, I think. Plenty of setting solution was needed to get them to cling to the curves of the body. There are a few metal transfers on the Abarth and the only one that gave any trouble was the silver shield behind the scorpion badge on the engine cover. The Abarth dashboard is more detailed than the standard 500, it's a different moulding and there are more dials (each a separate decal and very fiddly) plus some rather lovely decals in front of the passenger seat. For some reason the engine cover doesn't want to open very far, which makes a bit of a nonsense of the wiring and plumbing I did. Maybe I should have gone for the classic Abarth "boot open" look after all? Over head view. Underside, showing the finned sump and twin exhaust as well as the "Carlos Fandango-style" tyres. The 500 in the garage. You can fit two 500s in a single garage. I would definitely class the standard 500 as one of the best kits I've assembled. It goes together so well that you never fight it and all your effort goes into getting a good finish and adding details. In fact I would go as far as to say that the 500 deserves to be regarded as a classic kit. In fact I've tracked down another 500 to build, probably with a right-hand drive conversion. RHD isn't a kit option (pity) but shouldn't be too hard to do. It would be a perfect kit for anyone who wants an introduction to building car kits. Here, if you are interested, is the build thread. Thanks for following along and all the encouragement.
  20. Junkers Ju 87R-2 of 4./StG 2, Libya, circa March 1941. Like other early arrivals in North Africa she wears the European 70/71 splinter scheme. The white spinner tip is reportedly a Staffel-within-Gruppe recognition aid. Soon after the start of their desert service 4. Staffel replaced their original four-leaf clover badge with the more appropriate emblem of a Luftwaffe eagle superimposed over the Afrika Korps palm tree and swastika, carried on the starboard side of the cowling only.
  21. Time for the next project, and one with a bit of an overblown name. With that sort of name you'd expect some hugely overpowered convertible, maybe some sort of uprated Corvette. What you actually get with the Chevy SSR is a retro-styled convertible pick-up. This will be my first commercial vehicle (in the very loosest sense of the word) but don't expect me to do a weathered example - as with the rest of my display it will look qutie clean unless I make a real pig's ear of it. So, on with progress to date. I should say that so far it's just been spraying which I did over summer and just got finished before winter set in. Still need to polish it up, and there are some bits, such as the deck lid, where there is some very noticeable orange peel. First up, the easy bit - the wheels. Started out like this in the box: A dunk in bleach, then spray with Silver Leaf paint from the XJ220 and they ended up looking like this: The chassis was sprayed satin black (no pics yet, but not that exciting) and also the interior tub. This was a bit of a pain as I had to do a bit of masking to separate the black fabric and a big T-shape of body-coloured paint. There's a bit which I managed to mask on both sprayings, but it's only little and bit of purple should hide it. First up, masking the body-colour area so I can spray the interior: Then I forgot to take a picture with the black paint on before masking for the body-colour area: And the 'finished' article just needing a bit of tidying up. With all the paint layers, and two weeks between layers, this one piece took me 10 weeks to get sprayed - not one to leave until the end of summer. So what about the body. First impressions are that it's heavy. I decided to go for purple here, there's not many cars which suit purple so I'm hoping this one does work. Onto that body, and it didn't really have any sink marks, but there were a few minor mould lines which were easily dealt with. There's also a big mould line around the back as you can see from the photo... That took a bit of sanding, but after priming, sanding again and more priming I had something presentable. I went with white primer as I didn't want the colour to end up too dark on this one. On with the colour coat (Tamiya Purple TS-24) and I'm reasonably happy with the colour, but it just felt a little flat. Nothing for it, order some Pearlescent Clear to give it that little bit of sparkle. EDIT: Missed the pic with it in solid purple: Not sure that photo does it justice, but I only gave it a light layer of the Pearl - I don't want something which is over-the-top, just enough to add some interest. After that it was on with the final clear coat to give me something to work with when I polish it. This weekend will mark the start of working on it properly, although I must admit that with all those curves I'm not looking forward to the polishing Thanks for looking.
  22. Heller 1/24 Renault TN6C2 I’d wanted to build this kit since seeing it in Beatties Birmingham when i was 13 and 40 years later I picked it up as my get me back into modelling project however not long after I got distracted and it was consigned to the shelf of doom where it sat for 5 months before being sent to the floor by the cat - it then spent the next 15 months in bits ……waiting. I took pity in March and resurrected it and finally finished it this weekend - it’s not a competition winner more of a “3 footer” but I’m happy with it now it’s done
  23. Having started back in the first lockdown (if you call spraying starting), I've reached the end of building Tamiya's Jag XJ220. The kit might well date back almost 30 years (to 1993), but it's a good detailed kit which (mostly!) goes together very well. There were a few issues towards the end, but I can't guarantee that they are the fault of Tamiya rather than the fault of the builder. If anyone is looking for an XJ220, this one is well worth getting, although they do seem to have gone up massively in price since I got this one. Onto the model, and decided to go with the usual silver as below. I know it's the usual colour, but I do think it's a colour which suits the XJ220. If anyone wants to see how this came together, here's the build thread: That should give a bit more detail of how it came together, but for this thread I'll jump straight into the photos. A word of warning though - the camera appears to have been particularly merciless tonight. First of all, the engine bay which being under a glass cover is on display. I know Matt has done excellent work on his Jag a few years ago and did lots of detailing in the engine bay, but only added a few of the more noticeable bits - to be specific the throttle cable conduit and some braided cables (which is still more than I've done on any other engines). I struggled to get a decent shot, so this is the best pic I have of it: Similar story with the interior, with reflections posing a particular problem. And don't ask where that dust comes from - I honestly couldn't see it when I took the photo and still can't see it now - makes me think that my camera must have an 'add dust' function... One good thing about having so much glass is that I can show quite a bit of that detail with a 'top-down' shot. Shame about the reflections With those done, time for picture overload with a walk around the car: And to finish up, the obligatory shot where I was messing around trying different things with the camera...
  24. Resurrection time...... I had coveted this since first seeing it in Beatties Birmingham when I was 13 - 40 years later I brought one on eBay as my get back into modelling project spent 2 months building then got distracted and shelved it - 5 months later and the cat decided he didn’t like it on the shelf so sent it to the floor - it’s sat there now for 15 more months dejected and unloved - it’s time has come though and it’s now back on the workbench first job was to repair the cat damage which got me back to this Over the last couple of weeks I’ve now finished the passenger compartment interior and cab added the wheels etc and started getting it ready for paint hopefully I’ll finish it this time
  25. I have managed to buy some poor kits lately. And one of those is Heller Turbo 5 rally car. Somehow I have liked always this small car. One of these was also in Finland and was at one stage driven by Jarmo Kytölehto. Of course this was not best tool in Finland forest stages. Originally car was done for Group 4, but was transferred to Group B when this became major class in rallying. During season 1982 factory called these Gr.4 cars even there was Gr.B homologation existing. 400 cars were built in Dieppe factory to meet original homologation need. More cars were later built and for this kind of homologation special car was quite common. Factory was competing in selected events and there was never full commitment for full series. Car was able win some races anyhow. 1 49ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo1981 Jean Ragnotti Jean-Marc Andrié Renault 5 Turbo 2 26éme Tour de Corse1982 Jean Ragnotti Jean-Marc Andrié Renault 5 Turbo 3 29ème Tour De Corse1985 Jean Ragnotti Jean-Marc Andrié Renault R5 Maxi Turbo 4 20º Rallye de Portugal Vinho do Porto1986 Joaquim Moutinho Edgar Fortes Renault 5 Turbo Of course last win was after factory cars were withdrawn after accident and this was private car. So I will build car presenting -82 Tour de Course winner. This project will take a time because there will be some work related issues that need time. In Tour de Course factory prepared four cars and these had 1397cc engine that produced 265hp and car weighted only 915kg. So it was very handy for this kind of event. Also Tour de Course was first event where factory participated in world championship level that year. And competition from other manufactures was also serious. Factory teams were from Audi, Lancia and Opel. Also fast private Porsches were in entry list as well BMW M1. Also Ferrari 308's were there and these were surprisingly fast. Route was 1600km and 27 special stages. So this was real rallying in those days. Moulding of the parts is quite ok no flash and little mould seams. But parts are mix of something from rally car and civil version and there is no full roll cage. Dash just don't look right so this must be rebuilt too. Also doors are opening ones, but what is inside of the doors doesen't look realistic. So these will need some work. In this period door panels were still in place so what is inside the doors is really not accurate. And most of parts in under bonnet is also missing. Like parts for steering and brakes. Also radiator in front is missing. Detail level of suspension is nicely said rude. And these need to be rebuilt. I just haven't managed find good photos so far. Mainly what is needed are new dampers and springs. Also new drive shafts are needed. Those just don't exist in this kit. Seats are clearly meant for civil car and I need to find some replacement and fill holes in floor. Basic parts for Engine are somehow usable. In photos it's clearly visible heat shield between engine and exhaust/turbo installation, but this so much out of scale. But this is hobby and making these corrections is part of this. I am happy that I have at least starting point for this build. I want get also get Maxi version to my collection, but need to search some of those resin kits. And those cost some serious money.
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